Acquia Coverage

Acquia CEO on Open Innovation and New Markets for Drupal [Sept. 30, 2013]

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OpenSource.com

By Jason Hibbets

Drupal is seeing tremendous growth in adoption and high demand for Drupal talent. Over the last few years, I’ve watched Drupal evolve from a content management system to a social publishing platform, and now it’s looking to establish itself as a web engagement management platform—managing more than just content. Drupal already has a strong presence in government, media, publishing, higher education, and high tech. So, what markets are next?

To find out we asked the CEO of a different company, Tom Erickson of Acquia. Drupal is a free, open source web development platform for online content and user communities, and Acquia is a commercial open source software company providing products, services, and technical support for Drupal. Together with co-founders Dries Buytaert and Jay Batson, Tom is a founding director of Acquia, and in 2009, he became CEO. He has more than 30 years of experience in enterprise software and is passionate about travel, photography, and open innovation.

We asked Erickson about Acquia’s roadmap as they move ahead, some of their highlights from 2013, the future of open hardware, and what’s being done to drum up Drupal talent. We also got his big picture thoughts on open source and open innovation. He was, however, tight-lipped about his upcoming talk at All Things Open. Read on for more in this interview.

What are some of the business sectors where Drupal is being deployed today that you didn't expect a year ago?

One of the biggest business sectors that Drupal has deployed that’s new is actually in pharmaceuticals. While it’s an area that Drupal historically hasn’t been used in a lot, it’s growing quickly because the pharmaceutical industry is going through massive destructive changes, and with those changes, they’ve got to re-do their business processes and lower their costs.

Acquia lance son usine à sites web : Cloud Site Factory [9 Sept 2013]

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Spécialiste du CMS open source Drupal, Acquia lève aujourd’hui le voile sur Cloud Site Factory, une offre qui permet de créer et héberger rapidement – et facilement – un site web sur mesure.

Cette solution est avant tout dédiée aux services marketing des entreprises, dont les besoins en termes de sites web sont souvent importants. En effet, ces derniers sont en charge de mettre en avant les marques des entreprises, en général sur des micro-sites dédiés.

Acquia: Revenue to Near $70M, but No Rush for IPO [Sept. 17, 2013]

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dinsdag, 17 september 2013
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Boston Business Journal

By Kyle Alspach

Burlington-based Acquia expects major revenue growth again for 2013 but there is "nothing imminent" planned in terms of taking the company public, CEO Tom Erickson said in an interview.

Acquia provides enterprises with cloud hosting and related tools and services for websites created using Drupal, an open-source content management and site development platform. Acquia co-founder Dries Buytaert is the original creator of Drupal and serves as the firm's CTO.

The company has grown steadily in recent years amid growing adoption of Drupal among large enterprises. Acquia reported more than $45 million in revenue last year, more than doubling its top line from the previous year.
Erickson said Acquia expects about 50 percent revenue growth for 2013, which would equal about $68 million in revenue.

That would put the firm within the revenue range during which many venture-backed tech firms consider going public. And Erickson said Acquia does have a strong opportunity for an IPO.

Acquia Unveils Free Version of Acquia Cloud [Sept. 12, 2013]

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donderdag, 12 september 2013
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CMSWire

By Anthony Myers

Acquia will now provide a free version of its cloud based content management system Acquia Cloud, and Drupal developers can now develop and stage content there to test out their websites.

Free Developer Sandbox
Aqcuia Cloud Free is a bit different from the free Acquia Cloud versions that had previously been in place. This version doesn't require a credit card to set up, and there is no expiration date on the account. The catch is, it's not for production sites, as enticing as that would obviously be.

Instead, Acquia Cloud Free is a place for developers to try out workflow tools and deploy code between development and staging environments, Dries Buytaert, Drupal founder and Acquia CTO wrote in a blog post.

"It's a stress free environment to test out features and build skills," Jess Iandiorio, senior director of Cloud product marketing at Acquia said in an interview. "What people can do with this is use it as a sandbox, and it's the best place for devs to learn."

Integrated Shopping Solution from Acquia [Sept. 10, 2013]

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dinsdag, 10 september 2013
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KMWorld

Acquia has released Commerce Cloud, which is said to be the first digital experience platform designed to bring content to commerce. Acquia says its new offering enables creation of content-rich, socially enabled, integrated shopping experiences.

Further, Acquia reports, Commerce Cloud allows brands to build and deliver content-rich, engaging shopping experiences with the flexibility, scalability and security required. Commerce Cloud is available as a service, and delivered on the most secure, scalable and reliable cloud environment available for Drupal, says Acquia.

Best Advice I Ever Got: Dries Buytaert [Sept. 9, 2013]

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maandag, 9 september 2013
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Inc. Magazine

Original Drupal creator and Acquia co-founder/CTO Dries Buytaert explains why startup founders can never think too big--and shares his story of open-source web publishing.

When I started working on Drupal in my college dormitory 12 years ago, I had no idea that one day it would be used by 2 percent of the world's websites. What's even more exciting is the open-source community that has grown up around Drupal. More than 20,000 contributors share their code and are responsible for the Drupal we know today.

I co-founded Acquia six years ago to support the growing number of organizations that rely on Drupal, and also co-founded Mollom to solve the spam moderation challenges for website owners. Six years later, Mollom was acquired, and Acquia has almost 400 employees. As I've encountered challenges every step of the way, I've discovered that some of the best advice I've received is useful no matter what the project.

1. Think big

So often I meet entrepreneurs who are working on a startup concept. They have a great idea and a business plan to bring it to market, but they're thinking too small about what they're trying to do.

Acquia Announces Commerce Cloud For Integrated Shopping Experiences [Sept. 5, 2013]

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Retail Solutions Online

Enables Brands to Create Content-Rich, Socially Immersive Shopping Experiences That Create Brand Champions

Burlington, MA - Acquia, where great digital experiences begin, is announcing the availability of Acquia Commerce Cloud, the first digital experience platform to bring content to commerce. Acquia Commerce Cloud enables you to create content-rich, socially enabled, fully integrated shopping experiences and effortlessly deploy and scale them to a high-performance, highly secure cloud platform.

With the shift to digital engagement and the ability for a consumer to connect anytime and anywhere, brands have gained an incredible opportunity to build relationships directly with customers. Digital is driving the trend toward direct-to-consumer commerce. That's why a great digital presence is a business imperative. In order to drive sales and build evangelists, brands need a unified digital experience for product discovery, research, and purchase. And with the explosive growth of mobile commerce, brands need to deliver a consistent digital experience across a growing mix of devices and channels.

Acquia Hires Dennis Morgan, Formerly of Yahoo & Buddy Media, as CFO [Sept. 3, 2013]

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dinsdag, 3 september 2013
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Boston Business Journal

By Kyle Alspach

Burlington-based Acquia said Tuesday it has hired software industry veteran Dennis Morgan as its new chief financial officer. Morgan had most recently been CFO of New York-based Buddy Media, which Salesforce acquired for $745 million last year. Previously, Morgan had been VP of corporate finance at Yahoo, and before that held CFO posts at EPAC Technologies Inc., Panther Express Corp. and Vibrant Media.

Acquia provides tools and support for enterprises using the open-source Drupal Web publishing platform; Drupal has surged in popularity among enterprises in recent years due to the potential for cost savings and the flexibility of design.

Open-source Code: By the People, For the People [Aug. 29, 2013]

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donderdag, 29 augustus 2013
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VentureBeat

By Dries Buytaert

Many organizations adopt open source for reasons like flexibility and agility. Everyone needs to do more with less. But in government, open source drives both civic engagement and government participation like never before. Because of digital, the world feels much smaller and more connected. And open source gives people the opportunity to rally around a cause, no matter where they live.

Think about how we petitioned our government before we had the We The People website. I bet you have to think pretty hard about how it was done (I do!). Now, a website has brought to life the First Amendment rights of U.S. citizens. Millions of people’s voices are heard. People pull together based on common concerns. The White House built We The People using Drupal and shared the code on GitHub, opening up the opportunity for other governments to easily create their own online petitioning systems.

One Thing Inc. 5000 Companies Have in Common: Performance [Aug. 20, 2013]

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Inc. 500

How Inc. 5000 companies make other companies better. And in the process, make the economy work.

By Leigh Buchanan

We know companies that operate data centers are critical to the economy. If we thought about it, we would realize companies providing air conditioners to keep those data centers running are critical, too. But how critical are companies that maintain and service the air-conditioning systems that cool the data centers?

Toby Thomas found out in 2007. At the time, he was working for a business that was hired by Perot Systems to ensure its data center stayed cool while a new one was under construction. Perot Systems had many big financial clients, and "the day before we went in, we got a call from a top executive saying, 'I want you to know, if this fails, what will happen,' " recalls Thomas. " 'It will be on CNN. The stock market could be affected. The value of the dollar could be affected.'

"I realized, Wow, we're not just guys in hardhats doing a job," says Thomas. Two years later, he founded EnSite Solutions, now based in Irving, Texas. "Data centers are more tied to our economy than oil is," says Thomas. A company that services data-center cooling systems is mission critical to the mission critical to the mission critical.

The Fortune 500 traffics in consumer products, oil, pharmaceuticals, cars, retail, and the kinds of telecom services and software most people use every day. The Inc. 5000 is, by and large, a more esoteric crowd. Many supply businesses and government agencies with such products as network-on-chip design (Arteris), cloud-services brokering (Cloud Sherpas), and electronic payment technology optimized for the clinical-trial industry (Greenphire). The niches they ply can be inscrutably specific. Acquia provides products, services, and technical support for the Drupal social publishing system. Understanding Acquia requires a pit stop at drupal.org to learn about a fascinating corner of the global open-source movement.

Service NSW Delivers Online Presence with Open Source [Aug. 27, 2013]

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dinsdag, 27 augustus 2013
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Computerworld Australia

By Rohan Pearce

Service NSW, which acts as a central portal for accessing government services in New South Wales, is using the open source Drupal platform for its public-facing website and intranet

In late January, the digital strategy of Service NSW had a long way to go, according to Bruce McGregor – particularly if the organisation was to meet a July deadline for delivering its online portal, the organisation's head of digital said.

"The timeframes were tight, the budget was limited and fixed, and there were multiple stakeholders," McGregor said.

The creation of Service NSW was announced by the state's premier, Barry O’Farrell, in July 2012. The intention is to offer a 'one-stop shop' for government services, with NSW residents able to access them through 18 Service NSW centres, a 24-hour call centre and a single Web portal.

"We had to build a service within a couple of months," McGregor said. Despite the short timeframe for rolling out a complex Web portal, the agency managed to beat its deadline – albeit, by a handful of days – by employing the open source Drupal Web platform.

NSW Government Services Go Digital [Aug. 27, 2013]

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dinsdag, 27 augustus 2013
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The Australian

By Jennifer Foreshew

THE NSW government's newly launched services distribution arm aims to shift 30 per cent of traffic that resides in face to face or the call centre arena to digital in the next two years.

Service NSW, which was created to be a single point of contact for customers of government services, launched its three channels last month. They involve an initial 18 service centres, 24/7 phone service, and a customer-friendly web portal.

There are 40 million transactions in NSW every year with government.

"They (users) will certainly migrate quite easily from the call centre where a lot of the activity is at the moment to digital," Service NSW deputy chief executive officer Steve Griffin said.

Service NSW, which is aimed at citizens and small businesses, brings together the services delivered by NSW agencies Roads and Maritime, the Department of Fair Trading and Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Service NSW uses aGov, a Drupal distribution specifically designed for Australian government, for its website, which is hosted in the cloud by Acquia.

Drupal is an open source web platform used by more than 150 national governments.

Acquia Hires Finance Chief as IPO Talks Begin [Aug. 26, 2013]

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maandag, 26 augustus 2013
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Bloomberg

Acquia Inc., which helps companies manage the software behind their websites, has hired a chief financial officer and has begun talking to banks ahead of an initial public offering.

An IPO could come as soon as the second half of 2014, Chief Executive Officer Tom Erickson said in an interview. To prepare, the company hired Dennis Morgan, who was CFO at Buddy Media Inc. and helped arrange its $736 million sale to Salesforce.com Inc. (CRM) last year. He starts today.

Acquia, which gives customers easier ways to use the open-source software language Drupal, had $45 million in 2012 revenue and expects to grow 50 percent this year, Erickson said. The company still has to release products and wait for its CFO to be settled in the role before picking banks to lead the offering, he said.

“We’ve been doing a lot of circuits, going around to meet banks and public-company investors,” Erickson said. “This company has long legs in terms of where it can go. I’ve never taken a company public so I think it’s something I’d like to do.”

Web Publishing With the Acquia Advantage [Aug. 20, 2013]

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Bloomberg TV

Acquia CEO Thomas Erickson discusses the company's business model with Deirdre Bolton on Bloomberg Television's "Money Moves."

"Social has been an add-on on the web until now. What people want to do is integrate social with their regular content," said Tom Erickson, Acquia CEO. "We're creating the opportunity for people to blend their content, their community and their commerce."

Georgia Saving Millions with Open Source Technology [Aug. 2, 2013]

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Vrijdag, 2 augustus 2013
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Government Technology

By Brian Heaton

A switch to Drupal’s OpenPublic and cloud hosting has made website administration more efficient and cheaper for state agencies in Georgia.

The Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) will save the state approximately $4.7 million over the next five years by using an open source website content management system and hosting data in the cloud.

State government agencies in Georgia made the move to Drupal’s OpenPublic platform and cloud storage from Acquia in October 2012. This eliminated multiple servers and the costs associated with maintaining them. In addition to helping the state’s bottom line, the change also has helped limit the downtime of state agency websites.

Georgia’s online properties were previously managed on two separate versions of an older content management system, with agency websites spread across 20 different servers. With resources stretched thin, sites began experiencing stability and performance issues in 2011, which spurred state leaders to look at streamlining the system.

Nikhil Deshpande, director of GeorgiaGov Interactive, a section within the GTA that manages Georgia.gov, said transitioning to an open source platform and the cloud ensures state agency portals are operating at peak efficiency and able to withstand Web traffic spikes.

“Being a government, there are sometimes occasions where something happens and people go to your website to look for an update or whatever they need,” Deshpande said. “And in that case, if you aren’t able to sustain that level of traffic, then obviously you’re going to have an outage. So we needed to leverage the agility and instant elasticity that cloud hosting provides.”

A Digital Experience "Factory" from Acquia [July 29, 2013]

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KMWorld

Acquia has released its Cloud Site Factory, which the company says gives marketers the ability to quickly create dynamic, customized, easily configured templates. Acquia adds that the new platform provides an intuitive authoring experience so even non-technical users can rapidly create robust digital experiences that bring together content, community and commerce without extensive training or coding.

Acquia Cloud Site Factory Debuts for Churning Out Websites [July 24, 2013]

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CMS Wire

By Anthony Myers

Commercial Drupal services provider Acquia has debuted a tool called Site Factory, an apt name as it's meant to help marketers launch multiple websites in short order for building campaigns and launches.

Maintain the Content, Acquia Does the Rest
Site Factory sounds just like what the name implies, and when businesses or agencies need to create dozens or multiple dozens of websites, this sounds like at least a competitive option. With the Acquia Cloud Site Factory, template based, customizable sites can be set up by business users, and just a few administrators can manage hundreds of websites from one dashboard.

For marketers especially, this seems like a good fit. When a new campaign or launch gears up, content is readied for deployment at a moments notice. With a tool like Site Factory, that content can be spread out across the new properties, and marketers don't have to deal with maintenance of the sites, or any of the technical back end details.

The websites can be extended with Drupal extensions, and can be integrated with existing Web properties as well. The underlying technology is based on the Drupal Gardens initiative, a Drupal Saas environment that doesn't involve any downloading of software or setting up hosting and servers.

On the Factory Floor
The idea with Cloud Site Factory is to build sites fast or even simply clone existing sites with a click. The sites themselves feature non technical editing tools, advanced CSS tools, social login and sharing, and embedding of video or RSS feeds.

Acquia Launches Acquia Cloud Site Factory [July 24, 2013]

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woensdag, 24 juli 2013
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CMS Critic

By Mike Johnson

Acquia today unveiled Acquia Cloud Site Factory, a turnkey digital experience platform that empowers marketers to deliver hundreds or thousands of brand, campaign and promotional websites with agility, velocity and freedom.

Acquia Cloud Site Factory provides Digital Experiences as a Service, enabling marketers to create dynamic, highly-branded sites in minutes with pre-configured templates that include repeatable content, design and structure. It provides an intuitive authoring experience so even non-technical users can create effective, content-rich sites rapidly, without the extensive training or coding that traditional, proprietary web platforms require. With Acquia Cloud Site Factory, marketers can dedicate their time to creating unique branded experiences built on the open source Drupal content management system.

Acquia Launches Drupal Rich Digital Experience Platform Acquia Cloud Site Factory [July 24, 2013]

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SiliconANGLE

By Saroj Kar

Burlington-based Acquia, which provides tools for enterprise users of the open-source Drupal web publishing platform, today announced the Acquia Cloud Site Factory, a new digital experience platform for building digitally enriched brand, campaign and promotional websites for marketers.

Built on Acquia’s proven Drupal Gardens OpenSaaS software and infrastructure, Acquia Cloud Site Factory provides support for marketers to create dynamic, customized sites in minutes. The platform has pre-defined templates making it easy for brand campaigner to include repeatable content, design, features and structure into the site.

The OpenSaaS application Gardens allows users to quickly build complex websites. And Acquia Cloud Site Factory system will make it possible for site builders to add thousands of Drupal modules to their own site factory. The company has made the interface very simple so that a non-technical user can also create great digital web platform sites or small teams of administrators can build and manage hundreds of sites, manage users centrally, and integrate sites with their entire digital marketing toolset.

Acquia Launches Cloud Site Factory Product [July 24, 2013]

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Fierce Content Management

Lets marketers create, manage multiple sites under single umbrella

By Ron Miller

This week, Acquia launched a new cloud service its dubbed Cloud Site Factory to create and manage multiple websites under a single management console.

The service, which they are calling Digital Experience as a Service, essentially enables companies that require many websites to create them in a central place very quickly. One example they give in their statement is a record company creating individual sites for each of the artists on the label where each site has a similar look and feel and content type, but the content is customized for each artist.

Companies with many divisions could use the service to set up landing sites for new products very quickly and the sites would have the unique branding of the company across all the sites, even though the content would be different.

Acquia claims this product can scale to hundreds or even thousands of individual sites all managed in a central console by a single administrator or multiple administrators as needed by each customer.

Acquia CEO Tom Erickson said in a statement that this service is aimed at companies that have to start up web sites on a regular basis and have a hard time maintaining consistency across sites.

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